Nile Ross Dr. Owens Media In Your Life November 4, 2014
The Serial is a suspenseful audio storytelling podcast that explores
different and dramatic scenarios for each of their episodes. Investigator and
journalist, Sarah Koenig, hosted the podcast and she presents her story in a form
of reporter, in which she shares the story of a murder that occurred in Baltimore,
Maryland. This critique will review the very first episode of The Serial Podcast
and the quality of Sarah Koenig's report from the story of the murder, to the
interviews she shared with her witnesses.
In the first episode entitled, The Alibi investigates the story of a high
school student named Adnan Syed, who may not or have been falsely convicted
of a crime he committed in 1999. His girlfriend during the time named Hae Ming
Lee, was murdered and found dead by park in Northern Baltimore. She was
confirmed missing after school one day and in six weeks prior to the
disappearance, the Baltimore police department arrested her boyfriend, Adnan
Syed, for the crime. Even though Adnan kept his innocence throughout the
investigation, he was still convicted and the court sentenced him to life in prison.
Sarah Koenig's (the reporter) purpose in this podcast was to investigate
and gain more detail for the killing of Hae Ming Lee. She questions numerous of
high school students, one being her own nephew, who attended and who were
close friends to Adnan. The main questions she tends to ask are, "Where were
you on the day Hae Ming went missing?" and "Do you remember seeing Adnan
on that day?" These repetitive, but key, questions where asked towards the
students she interviewed during the podcast. However, before the questioning of
the crime, Koenig tells us a brief summary...